16 years ago…
i discovered lamp work glass beads. i had been searching for unusual glass beads for my jewellery designs and found the generic, machine-made glass bead a tad boring.
i was looking for stand-out beads to reflect my designs. one thing led to another ….
i learnt to make glass beads on a simple butane torch. my first few hours ‘at the flame’ produced 7 beads and was a mesmerising experience. captivated by the glowing, viscous glass and the possibility of designing all my own beads. i was hooked, ultimate control, or so I thought.
My first necklace…
made with 47 glass beads on a butane torch was the beginning of emubeads’ designs. during the design stage i was a few beads short of completion. i’d go back to the torch and make more beads, barely waiting for them to cool in the vermiculite bath, i finally thread the necklace. within a few weeks, I upgraded from the butane torch to a lamp work torch.
the vermiculite bath has since been replaced with a tetlow kiln. The kiln anneals the beads overnight, regulating the cooling process and reducing glass stress and spontaneous cracks.
the evolutionary process of layering, shaping, mixing glass and inclusions, forge an emubead: the slow, artisan made product. i have a deep appreciation of art in the everyday, the handmade, artisan produce.
emubeads continues to evolve, and recently adding our own silversmithing components to make jewellery.
artisan glass beads